Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker
On the widespread player participation and scoring ... "These kids are working hard every day. For some of the ones that don't normally have a chance to get in ballgames, it is nice to have a game like we did this afternoon where we played well early and got out of the blocks. Our regulars did a nice job of staying focused with our game plan, and we had a chance to play extra people and extra bodies and those kids did a phenomenal job for us out there. We had two kids again -- Lester (Abram) and Dion (Harris) -- get into foul trouble in the first half. We were able to go up 50-20 at the half without of our two best players or top scorers. It was a very good team effort by our team tonight."
On the spark provided off the bench ... "I think we are improving. It is nice to see these players having fun out on the floor and really getting after it defensively. All of them are doing the same kinds of things, knowing that that is our team identity. We have talked about that, and tried to ingrain that in them up to this point. It is really nice to see them embrace that and go out there and display their heart and soul for that Michigan uniform."
On the defensive emphasis ... "I think we really got after them to start the game off. We put them on their heels a little bit early, and I think that helped our confidence and maybe knocked them back a notch or two. They are a tough team and I know they are going to be very good this year. I know Charles (Ramsey) is going to stay after things when they get their ball club healthy and get their normal lineup back out there. We turned them over 20 times, and I was really pleased to see that we had 19 assists and how unselfish we were as well."
On starting the game strong ... "Well we talked about it. I mentioned that to our club and wanted them to focus on that today. They have done a nice job so far this season of having good first halves. In order for us to have a good ballgame this afternoon, we had to start well. I though we put a good point of emphasis on that and our players embraced it. We got out early and they battled back, and then we exploded and got a nice margin there as a cushion. That really helped our confidence as we went into the halftime break."
On Courtney Sims' strong play early ... "He only played 19 minutes and maybe I should have played him a little more. We played a lot of people and had a lot of solid minutes for many of our players. I was very impressed with Courtney's efficiency. Every time he touched it down there he did some good things. Not just scoring -- he made some nice passes out on the post. He had some assists in that regard, or at least he should have because sometimes people were missing shots when he passed it out there. I thought he played a good solid all-around game. It is nice when he can score on the interior. It takes a lot of pressure off our offense and gives him great confidence as well."
U-M Senior Guard Dion Harris
On getting everyone involved offensively ... "We pride ourselves on being unselfish. I think the way we got off to a great start, having everyone involved from the beginning, really resulted in 11 players scoring."
On characterizing the team's strengths ... "I would say our defense carried us tonight. We were able to create a lot of easy things off of our defensive effort. I think that translated into being unselfish and getting everyone a shot or a chance to score."
On being named the John Thompson Challenge MVP ... "Coach Amaker just told me about it. I just went out there this weekend and tried to give the best effort I could every game, and I guess this is what it resulted in."
U-M Senior Forward Brent Petway
On dunks coming off Michigan's transition offense ... "That is just how we want to play. We want to get out and establish an up-tempo game. We try to deny passing lanes, and our guards did a great job of doing that today. So we were able to get out easier in transition."
On defensive rebounding ... "That is definitely another point of emphasis. To be able to play our kind of game, we have got to keep the other team off the glass so we kind get it out and go. If you want to defend, you have got to rebound. If you don't, then you give them too many chances."
U-M Sophomore Wing Jevohn Shepherd
On his return after leg injury ... "It felt pretty good tonight. It is just a little bit sore still but did not have any effect on my play."
On holding Eastern Michigan to 51 points ... "Defense has been our identity. We pride ourselves on defense. We have been showing that since the exhibition games. But we can be even more aggressive on defense -- there is always room for improvement."
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